Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday- Homeschool Week in Review for Grayson

Someone on a homeschool forum asked about how a Charlotte Mason week looks, so here is how Grayson's Charlotte Mason inspired schooling looks in action. This work is not completed by subject, but rather broken down into 14 workboxes of books. In other words, although here I have listed all of his language arts work together, it is actually scattered throughout his day.

Religious Studies
For a half a credit in Christian history Grayson is taking the year to slowly read through The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History and Christian History Made Easy. He is about halfway through both books.

Language Arts
Grayson is using Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings. He is into book2, but this week I went back and did the first two unit studies with him. The first unit study is about Tolkien’s life and the second is about linguistics. We just read through and discussed the information.

Grayson is also reading Bullfinch’s Mythology King Arthur and His Knights. This week he started story 4- Arthur. He will be reading King Arthur and His Knights all semester.

He is doing a free online English Grammar program.

This week he also began Twilight and is about half finished.

Algebra 2
Grayson didn’t do math on Monday, because he goes to the math tutor on Tuesday and had no work left to finish. On Tuesday he went to the math tutor and Wednesday through Friday he completed lessons 84-86 in TT Algebra 2.

Human Anatomy
This week for in Human Anatomy Grayson completed Body by Design Chapter 13 and DK's The Human Body Book pp.170-199. He also watched 4 videos from the How Stuff Works Website and lecture 14 from The Teaching Company’s Understanding the Human Body.

Grayson completed Conceptual Physics Chapter 18 and watched the first lecture from The Teaching Company’s Physics in Your Life.

This week in TRISMS EOC Grayson studied the Celts and the early Christians. He completed the vocabulary, completed a civilization questionnaire on the Celts, did map work, and today did the vocabulary quiz.

TRISMS EOC has a language arts component that I count as part of history. This week Grayson read a brief explanation about Celtic oral literary tradition. Then, he read an excerpt from The Colloquy of Two Sages- the portion about the genealogy of memory. He read a children’s book on St.Patrick and did further research online to write a human interest news paragraph about him. He watched an online History Channel video on Boudicca and did further research to write a short research report. Today he has read information online about St. Augustine of Hippo. He will also be reading the excerpt from Confessions describing Augustine’s conversion and reading Acts 9:1-9 describing Paul’s conversion. Then, he will be completing some short answer questions about Augustine. He will also be comparing the conversions of Augustine and Paul.

There isn’t much to say. Grayson is using SOS Spanish and I stay out of it.

Grayson has listened to the music of Hildegard von Bingen and looked at the works of Masaccio. As part of TRISMS EOC, he looked online at images of The Good Shepherd from the Catacombs. He also watched lecture 17 from The Teaching Company’s Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance.

Life Skills
This is credit that I put on Christian’s transcript this year and likewise will put on Grayson’s his senior year. It consists of the usual things like learning to boil eggs and change a tire, but it also consists of books read that encourage personal growth. For example Christian read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens and The Teenage Liberation Handbook.

Currently, Grayson is moseying his way through Ourselves by Charlotte Mason and doing some ACT prep.


  1. Oh, I am so motivated now to be more on top of my 16yo! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. So good to see older kids in the weekly review. Thanks for sharing! I'm signing to follow your blog.